What is your most memorable wedding?
There are too many! One that springs to mind is Bev and Jackson's wedding at Gaynes Park in 2015. The theme was Lavender and Lace and the little details were all so beautifiul. It also rained torrentially from start to finish except for a brief 15 minutes of light drizzle. Despite this, we still managed to get outside for some beautiful couple photos. Bev and Jackson were amazed when they saw the finished collection that you could barely tell it rained all day.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Beautiful, natural, elegant, romantic, stylish
What about your business are you most proud of?
That I've built it up with very little marketing - word of mouth has served me very well. Also, that I've met some wonderful clients, many who have become friends.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Choose the best wedding photographer you can afford and ensure you have researched them properly and looked at several weddings they have completed. You won't get a chance to re-do your photos, and I've heard many stories from people so disappointed with their photographs. A real professional will be technically and artistically skilled, great with people and should (in my opinion) spend a considerable amount of time editing your collection to create a collection that will stand out from anything your friends will give you!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A bride of mine had her bouquet made with a tiny frame of a photo of her beloved Grandfather. She wanted him to be part of her day even though he had passed away, I thought that was lovely.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
We generally meet up for an initial consultation and talk about their vision for their day. I'll often meet up again with them at the venue when I do my recce. We always touch base a good month or so before the wedding when I collate all the crucial information for the day- the names of family, friends, shots they would like done, and details of their theme etc. On the day itself, I always arrive nice and early so I can start the day feeling calm! After the wedding, I usually send my couple a 'collage' of a sneak peek of some of the images - I usually do this within 48 hours so that whilst they are waiting for their full collection, they have a flavour of what to expect. My clients love this. Then around 4 weeks later (quicker in winter time), the gallery goes online with all their images.
What is the No. 1 photo that you think every couple should take?
A beautiful romantic couple portrait which captures the love and connection between you. This is often not looking to camera, but looking at each other. During my couple portrait session, we will do a combination of very natural poses, and one or two more 'posed' ones, but always keeping it natural and relaxed. The aim is to capture the love between the two of you, rather than anything too contrived.
What do you recommend for a rainy day wedding?
Having a back up plan! And a nice white umbrella!
Describe how you got into photography.
I have always loved taking photos and decided to re-train in 2013 (after I became a Mum) with the award winning Aspire Photographic Training. I got 'the bug' and decided to set up my photography business, starting out photographing friends and their children. I also trained more intensively on a 1-2-1 basis with Nikon's UK Ambassador (and one of the UK's top photographers) Kate Hopewell-Smith, who also mentored me and who I've had the privilege of shooting alongside. It was a great grounding in the world of professional photography, and has inspired me to create a photography service offering artistic, beautifully finished imagery together with great customer service.